Let’s make “Lovelock” our next codename!

The vote is on! If you are a Fedora Contributor, go to our voting system and vote on the next codename of Fedora!

The choices you have are:

  • Asturias (too much crosses on the connection :P )
  • Blamey (who to blame? the fedora blame-y … fail..)
  • Lovelock (awesome name!)
  • Pushcart (yeah we are dragged around selling things :P)
  • Sturgis (reminds me of a codename for WWII airplanes :P)

So go ahead and do the right thing! Vote “Lovelock” for our codename :)

Our codename will love you…

Fan pic created by Nicu!

Fan pic created by Nicu!

Fedora Greek Ambassadors – On Tour !

Three days ago Anastasis Stasinopoulos (our greek Security Spin specialist) made an off-base presentation on TEI of Larissa (guest of honor there). It was pretty successful! (thanks Anastasis!)

So we had this funny/weird idea of getting invited by several local LUGs through Greece and spread the fedora world :) And also, let’s face it… we need some beers with our foss friends around Greece :)

So following this idea, here I am in Patras guest of Vasilis Georgitzikis (PLUG), hacking on Arduino and getting ready for a quick installfest tomorrow with many Fedora F13 media :D

Let’s keep this idea burning with some more Fedora Ambassadors On Tour (FAOT). Get in touch with some nice people willing to host you and spread the Fedora word beyond your town!

ps. I want some feedback on that! Please comment ;)

POSSE South Africa – Aftermath

It’s been two weeks now that POSSE South Africa is over, and I believe it seems like the right time to reflect back on this awesome event.

On the practical side the event was pretty successful! We actually showcased many collaboration technologies and got all the participants started on their projects. We outlined mock-up techniques, collaboration practices, governance models of foss projects :) By the end of the event everyone had a hands-on experience on all basic concepts of a foss projects and most significantly we made sure that they know how to pass this knowledge on and on :)

On the theoretical side, it was a productive and interactive workshop that served as a hub for exchanging ideas on passing on the foss know-how, and also we (as instructors) had the chance to fine-tune some views of ours on foss projects. My personal gain from POSSE SA was (apart from meeting awesome guys and girls) that I learned and reviewed many methods of handling situations within foss projects (thanks Mel and Jan !) and I had the pleasure to help kickstart some nice foss projects of other POSSE participants.

POSSE turns out to be a well structured, organic, productive and fun event that suits perfectly its purpose: Kickstart and enable new foss teachers and projects. I am very glad I had the chance to be part of it and I really hope that I can repeat that (how about Athens?)

I guess I will come back in a couple of months on that , seeing in retrospective the actual long-term aftermaths of POSSE SA (next POSSEs, projects, people etc..)

ps. I still owe some pictures and this post *will* be updated with some :) Check back soon..

ps2. HUGE thanks and congratz to Michael Adeyeye for organizing and hosting the whole event :) it was just great!

POSSE South Africa – Day 3

Today is going to be possibly the most productive one :) We sat down and outlined some Projects that the participants wanted to work hands-on and we get down to business helping them (basically enabling them to use the tools we use)

The projects proposed were: Fedora Mirrors in SA (already done), Package Building, fossification of existing projects and Translations. We actually got everyone started in some project :) On localization side I had Grat initiating Afrikaans Translations of the main Fedora Websites :)

Getting many people from diverse environments in the same place, discussing on the same topic (“Open Source Ecosystem”) you end up with a lot of ideas that need to be outlined and expressed :) Thats why Mel and I created a nice artwork on a whiteboard (plain good old analogue stuff) and Jan was kind enough to photo it and clear it up. So here it is!

Last day for me tomorrow :) Many projects and commits coming up :) Stay tuned…

ps. possibly I am going to write the last post after returning to Athens (have to catch a plane! :P)

POSSE South Africa – Day 1.5

Here we are just finished the 2nd day of POSSE South Africa :)

He had a nice time teaching GIT and having everyone get their first patch and apply it. It’s really refreshing to see fresh guys to be able to handle the strings around and be actual contributors just in a couple of days. Physical interaction is a key concept in these meetups so people can get started with committing *way* faster than they start remotely :)

Food was ok today (fortunately) and I hope I will not have the same yesterday problems :P

View of the session room

View of the session room

Everyone seems to get used to using collaboration tools and much of the work is done through IRC (thats nice!). Today we basically covered the “getting code, changing, diff, patching” and also the “Web submissions/management” like Transifex etc.

Mel explaining Publican

Mel explaining Publican

Hopefully today we are also going to visit the Table Mountain. See ya around!

POSSE South Africa – Day 0.5

Part of our schedule is to blog on the day we just had (which was fantastic by the way :) ) and comment on what happened…

We started with a great introduction on the Open Source World and history by Jan (I really envy him for having the chance to give this talk as part of the high level orientation in RedHat EMEA) Then it was Mel time to outline the principles of online collaboration, so we covered a lot on IRC, mailing lists, EtherPad (great tool!). Then after a great lunch (with local food) I made an introduction to the Wiki way of collaborating (editing, discussing, commenting, logs etc).

Then everyone was asked to create their wiki pages on teachingopensource.org and they all did successfully! The weird thing was that during that time we were not allowed to speak but we needed to resolve our issues through IRC (kinda cool!). It appears to be a nice exercise on online geeky collaboration.

Jan was also kind enough to introduce us to the netiquette :) I am going to continue this post at night with some nice pics etc . See ya!

POSSE South Africa – Day 0

Early wake up, for a nice day :) Today I had the chance to go surfing at Muizenberg. It is considered one of Africa’s greatest surfing beach ! I truly enjoyed it…  Now I have to find surfing beaches in Greece (thats going to be tough)… Unfortunately some sharkies took some strolls next to us and we had to leave the waters :P

Back to Cape Town, I had a nice walk down-town and finally managed to get some nice pics of the Table Mountain (nicer with clouds!)

Then Mel and Jan arrived at the hotel, and as the Dutch was finally here we started with some nice local beers and continued with some Dutch ones :)

One the end of the day, over dinner, we discussed with Michael (our lovely host) the Monday’s schedule and what we need to prepare for tomorrow.  Can’t wait to get this POSSE started and spread the spirit :)

POSSE South Africa – Day -1

How constructive a flight can be? A *lot* as it turned out. Good things came from the get-go. A mistake (or capacity mixup) in Emirates got me in Business class so I was able to enjoy a nice and cosy sleep till Dubai :)

DXB West wing

DXB West wing

Then the DXB experience came :) I was afraid that 4 hours were going to be long in Dubai for layover, but I was wrong. 1 hour to get myself shown around, 1 hour trying to spot the guy that broadcasted “FreePublic Wifi”  in Ad-hoc just to fish some codes, 1 hour to walk from East to West side of DXB and a final hour to board on EK 770 to Cape Town :)

Yeap thats Burj Khalifa :)

Yeap thats Burj Khalifa :)

Because I had checked in online kinda late I ended up with a middle seat on the right wing section (on a 3-3-3 seat section). Between a lady and a guy that apparently knew each other :S I kindly offered to change seats but they said it was OK and they would change only if I was bothered by their fighting cause they were South Africans. (?) Roughly this is what followed:

- So you are from South Africa?
- Can’t you tell? We are shouting all over!
- Seems natural to me…I am from Greece :)
- … Greece! nice…. and what brings you to Cape Town?
- I am here for POSSE South Africa (and I went on explaining what POSSE is about)
- Well well, little man! We can use some help here…
- ? (I thought this was a comment on their Windows 7 laptops)
- Me and Sharah are working on the public sector here in the Municipality of Cape Town and we were thinking about sustainable Open Source solutions.
- ! then it must be your lucky day! I am going to be here till Thursday and I would love you to to stop over CPUT and see what foss can do for you :)
- nice! (booting up her mail client) let me write an email to the head of our IT department and we can arrange a meeting while you and your colleagues are here.
-That would be fantastic!

The rest of the conversation went on about the options that an organization has to gradually move to foss solutions (partial transition, mass deployments etc) and I believe that I certainly got their attention with my Fedora 13 notebook showing them around on OpenOffice (LibreOffice is going to be :P) package management etc…

After long conversations and several chapters out of “Free Culture” we landed in the fancy renovated Cape Town Airport and I rushed to my hotel. I have to say that Table Mountain creates the most fantastic/dramatic landscape for a big city, untouched and filled up with clouds… (Mel & Jan we have to get on top of it!)

Nature and Development - SA has both (crappy pic I know)

Nature and Development - SA has both (crappy pic I know)

2 Euros and a long walk granted me a nice full dinner (prices keep surprise me) and I am sitting right now on my hotel room getting ready for a long much-needed sleep.

Tomorrow Mel and Jan will join me, but before that I am going to have the chance to conquer some waves :) (or be a delicious meal for sharks :P) Either-way see ya tomorrow from a lovely Cape Town!

POSSE South Africa – Day -2

Oh… the duration of the flight is *really* big for me to sleep throughout of it. So I made a selection of nice pdf readings to freshen up some ideas and learn more :)

  • Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig, an excellent book on the mechanisms and ethics of locking down knowledge and controlling creativity (know your enemy :P )
  • Free for All by Peter Wayner, a nice chronicle of the free software movement, with many dramatic elements :)
  • D.I.Y Satellite by Song Hojun. I am a big fan of space :) But what happens with the privatization of it? This zine explores the possibilities of DIY Satellite with an artistic view, combined with foss community elements :) Sweet!

Most of the things are packed and ready! (where are the cool swags?…oh.. right here :) ) Printed directions, maps, and clear head to enjoy, teach and learn on the upcoming weeks POSSE SouthAfrica.

Afore we go… to the airport!